You may think that a workers’ compensation case is relatively straightforward, and for the most part, you’re right. If you are hurt on the job and didn’t intend to hurt yourself, your employer should accept and help you file a claim.
There are times when you may want to work with an attorney after you’re injured at work. For example, if you are injured and your employer does not want to allow you to file a claim, you may want to talk to an attorney about your employer’s actions. Your employer may not prevent you from filing a claim.
When 6,823 workers were interviewed by the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute, the data showed that only 29 percent of workers chose to work with an attorney. When asked why they decided to do so, it was often because of situations where they felt threatened by their employers or the workers’ compensation process. Some also chose to hire an attorney when their claims were denied or appeared to be denied.
You may choose to do the same thing. If your employer doesn’t want you to file a claim, your attorney can help you bypass him or her and potentially file a lawsuit against him or her for standing in the way of the benefits you deserve. If your claim is denied, your attorney can help you appeal it by showing the insurance company your injuries, medical bills and other important information about your accident. These benefits are there for you, and you are entitled to them if you’re injured in most cases.
Source: FindLaw, “Do You Need a Lawyer for a Workers’ Comp Case?,” Andrew Lu, accessed June 23, 2017